The pivoting system is primarily made up of stainless steel with some fiberglass parts that add some rigidity and support to the system during the folding/unfolding process. I have no doubts about how strong the folding system is when the amas are deployed. The system is quite robust and handles even really snotty conditions without any issues. In several of the videos I've posted on Youtube, the conditions were 28-30 knots of wind, with gusts up to 35 knots or a bit more, 7-9' seas, and we had only one issue that I found, which I've since fixed. The issue was that we'd get a fair amount of water in the cockpit, and thanks to my lazy crew, down in the cabin as they'd forget to replace the bottom dropboard in the companionway. I fixed this problem by adding a bridgedeck to my Telstar's cockpit.
Given some of the sailing I've done in mine, if layup were an issue, I'd probably know it. It hasn't been as far as I can see.
One thing I will say about the Telstar 28s is that they are a relatively new design, having been announced in late 2003, and the design is constantly undergoing slight modifications to it. For instance, the current models do not sport the ama-mounted lifelines that were featured on the earlier boats. This is probably for two reasons. First, they really seem a bit unnecessary—after all the amas have a foot-high bulwark on the outside edge to keep you on the boat. Second, the stanchion mounts were a major source of water leaks into the ama interiors.
I'd recommend you read the article I've written about the evolution of the design of the Telstar 28, which is on the ITOA forums
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